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Plant Phenomics and Precision Agriculture Call for Papers


Submit to PLOS ONE, the #1 publisher of plant phenomics and precision agriculture research. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, PLOS ONE is extending the deadline for submissions to the Plant Phenomics and Precision Agriculture collection. This unique opportunity will allow authors to continue to submit their research to this Call for Papers, including post collection launch, until December 14, 2020.

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Dec 14 2020

Advances in plant phenomics and precision agriculture rely on research that spans disciplines and spatiotemporal scales. From cell to field, from second to season, investigators seek to understand plant processes and environmental interactions, and to develop interventions for maximal resilience and yield. These efforts are fundamental to guaranteeing food security and sustainable crop production in the context of rising demand and increasingly challenging environments. With its commitment to publication of rigorously validated, reproducible methods and tools, PLOS ONE is an ideal venue for the interdisciplinary research that is characteristic of plant phenomics and precision agriculture.

In this Call for Papers, we are inviting submissions that develop and test- in controlled environments or in the field- new technologies for phenotypic measurements and agricultural surveillance and intervention.

Phenomics has the potential to improve the speed and sustainability of research and supply ecosystems for food, fuel, and fiber crops. At the heart of phenomics research are hardware and software tools and methods that are developed by interdisciplinary teams.
Malia Gehan
Guest Editor

Malia Gehan
Danforth Center, USA

Guillaume Lobet
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Sierra Young
North Carolina State University, USA

[For] interdisciplinary research with questions that cut across several academic disciplines, the number of possible academic outlets is drastically reduced. PLOS ONE has been a great exception and publishes novel, interdisciplinary work of high quality from many different academic fields.
Charlotta Mellander
PLOS ONE author, Sweden

PLOS ONE is the #1 publisher of plant phenomics and precision agriculture research.


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PLOS ONE publishes primary research across all areas of science, including interdisciplinary research. Research articles are selected for scientific rigor rather than perceived impact.

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We are proud that our article has been included in the prestigious "Open Biomaterials Research" Collection of PLOS ONE. Especially, we appreciate the high visibility of the journal that warrants that our paper will be recognized by the biomaterials and tissue engineering communities.
Liliana Liverani & Aldo Boccaccini
PLOS ONE Collection authors

Data underlying the study’s findings will be a requirement of publication, per the PLOS data policy. Under this Call for Papers, authors are responsible for providing, where relevant and upon submission, the source code needed to replicate their findings, in a repository (such as GitHub or Bitbucket) or a cloud computing service (such as Code Ocean). Protection of authors’ intellectual property will not be cause for exception. Authors should explain in the manuscript’s Data Availability Statement how readers can access the shared code. For any referenced third party code that cannot be shared, authors are responsible for including, in the Data Availability Statement, contact information and steps by which an interested reader can acquire the code.

Where relevant, authors are encouraged to provide executable documents, such as a Jupyter Notebook or an RMarkdown, to increase reproducibility. The Software Sustainability Institute provides guidance on choosing a repository and sharing code, as do these PLOS articles on Best Practices and Good Enough Practices in scientific computing.

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Submit your paper to PLOS ONE to be considered for this Collection.

Mention the Plant Phenomics and Precision Agriculture Call for Papers in your cover letter. The Collection will publish October 2020.

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